SEA News – Jan. 2, 2020


Meet DHHS commissioner nominee on Jan. 6

Lori Shibinette was nominated for the position in mid-December

All members are invited to take part in a question and answer session at the SEA office at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, with Lori Shibinette, the governor’s nominee to be the next commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services. You can read more on our website.


DOT foreman dies at 55

We’re saddened to again have to share the news that one of our members at the Department of Transportation, Keith Waite, died after suffering a stroke. He was 55.

Waite started working for the state in 2014 and joined the SEA shortly thereafter. He served as a councilor and a member of the Collective Bargaining Senate. In his obituary, his family noted that he “considered his coworkers his family and enjoyed the time he spent with them.” Donations can be made in his name to Camp Meridian – you find more information in the full obituary.


Candidates show support to state employees

Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies for fair contract from Gov. Sununu

Nearly 100 people packed the Legislative Office Building lobby on Friday, Dec. 27 for a press conference with Sen. Bernie Sanders in support of the state employees’ contract fight over fair wages. Several dozen members were in attendance, including retiree members and state Reps. Sallie Fellows and Art Ellison, numerous elected officials, and members of the master bargaining team.

News coverage of Sanders rally:

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Earlier this month, presidential candidates showcased support on their social media accounts directly calling out Gov. Sununu’s unwillingness to accept the fact-finder’s recommendations. Below are screenshots of their tweets and Facebook posts.


If we are able to secure similar events with presidential candidates or elected leaders, we will keep you posted.


Upcoming SEA/SEIU Local 1984 events

Movie night: Social Activities and Campaign for Public Good bring back movie night on Thursday, Feb. 6, with a screening of “The Story of Facism in Europe,” followed by a facilitated discussion. The social begins at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 6 p.m. at our office at 207 N. Main St. in Concord. Event is open to members, friends and family.

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